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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Toronto Raptors sign Solomon Alabi

The Toronto Raptors have announced the signing of the rookie center Solomon Alabi. The 22-year-old Nigerian center was selected by the Mavericks with the 50th overall pick in the last NBA draft, and then traded to the Raptors. Alabi averaged last season 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the University of Florida State in his sophomore year.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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Sacramento Kings sign Hassan Whiteside

The Sacramento Kings have announced the official signing of Hassan Whiteside, who was selected by the NBA frachise with the 33rd overall pick in the last draft. The 21-year-old center arrives from the University of Marshall after averaging 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in his freshman year.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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New York Knicks agree to send David Lee to Golden State Warriors

The New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors have reached to a deal that would send the forward David Lee (via sign-and-trade) to the Warriors in exchange of the forward Anthony Randolph, the guard Kelenna Azubuike and the French center Ronnie Turiaf. This agreement, though, would only be completed if LeBron James, as expected, decides not to sign for the Knicks

SOURCE: CSN Bay Area

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Energa Czarni, close to bring back Miah Davis and Chris Booker

Energa Czarni could sign two import signings soon. The Polish club is close to re-sign Chris Booker, who has played during the last two seasons in the team (though he started last season in Khimik before moving back to Poland), and to sign Miah Davis, from the Cypriot team AEL Limassol, who also played for Energa Czarni between 2005 and 2007.

SOURCES: Probasket, GP24

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Boston Celtics and Jermaine O'Neal reach to a two-year, $12 million agreement

Jermaine O'Neal will leave the Miami Heat after one season and a half to play for the Boston Celtics. The 31-year-old center has reached to a two-year, nearly $12 million agreement with the Celtics. O'Neal, also former player of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors, averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Twitter Adrian Wojnarowski

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Dallas Mavericks and Brendan Haywood agree to a six-year, $55 million deal

Brendan Haywood won't leave the Dallas Mavericks, where he landed via trade last February. The 30-year-old center has reached to a six-year, $55 million agreement with the Mavericks. Haywood, who played during nine years and a half for the Washington Wizards before arriving to Dallas, averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season for the Mavs.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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ViveMenorca, close to sign Jakim Donaldson

Vive Menorca has made an offer for Jakim Donaldson, who could soon become a new player of the recently promoted Spanish team. The 26-year-old American forward has played during the last four seasons in LEB Oro for Ciudad de La Laguna, being the MVP of the league two times. In the last season, Donaldson, currently playing the Summer League in Orlando for the New Jersey Nets, averaged 17.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Última Hora

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Filip Videnov and Tufan Ersoz will be signed by Olin Gençlik tomorrow

Despite some doubts about the arrival of Filip Videnov, Olin Gençlik expects the 30-year-old Bulgarian guard, last season in FMP Zeleznik, to sign his contract with the Turkish team tomorrow. Videnov could not be the only player to link his future with Olin Gençlik. Tufan Ersoz, the 29-year-old guard from Galatasaray, also on the radar of Pinar Karsiyaka, could also be signed tomorrow.

SOURCE: Pota6

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Ludovic Vaty leaves Orleans, and could play next season in Spain

Ludovic Vaty, one of the most interesting French prospect, will opt out of the final year of his two-year contract with Orleans to play in an European team. The 21-year-old center, who averaged 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in the last French LNB, could land in a Spanish team

SOURCES: L'Équipe, La Rep

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Turow Zgorzelec signs Michael Kuebler

As expected, Michael Kuebler will play in Turow Zgorzelec. The Polish team has signed the 28-year-old American forward, who played last season for AZS Koszalin, helping his team to win the Polish Cup and averaging 14.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in the last PLK. The next target of Turow Zgorzelec is Filip Dylewicz.

SOURCE: Polski Kosz

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Cholet signs Mered Houmounou

The last champion of the French LNB continues making additions to the roster. Cholet has signed Mered Houmounou to a two-year contract. The 21-year-old French guard arrives to Cholet after three years in Evreux, in the LNB Pro B, where he averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Basketnews

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New Jersey Nets and Travis Outlaw reach to a five-year, $35 million agreement

Travis Outlaw will play for the New Jersey Nets. The 25-year-old forward has agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with the Nets. This will be the third team Outlaw plays for during his professional career, after five years and a half in the Portland Trail Blazers before moving last February, via trade, to the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in his last stint.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Los Angeles Clippers hire Vinny Del Negro

As expected, Vinny Del Negro will be the new head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, as the NBA franchise has announced. This will be the second NBA team where Del Negro works as a head coach, after being in charge of the Chicago Bulls during the last two seasons, leading the team to the playoff two times.

SOURCE: Insidehoops

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Anwil Wloclawek signs Robert Skibniewski

Robert Skibniewski is back to Poland. The 27-year-old guard, who has played during the last two seasons in the Czech Republic for BK Prostejov, was signed to a one-year contract by Anwil Wloclaweb. Skibniewski, member of the Polish national team, averaged 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last season in the Czech NBL.

SOURCE: Probasket

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LeBron James could have decided to play in the Miami Heat

According to Yahoo! Sports, LeBron James could play in the same team as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat. The 25-year-old MVP forward, who has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in his seven seasons as a professional, would already commmented the decision to sign for the Heat to several NBA officials and players.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports

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TBB Trier signs John Bynum

TBB Trier has announced the arrival of a new import signing. The German team has signed John Bynum to a one-year contract. The 32-year-old American guard arrives to Trier from the Crailsheim Merlins, averaging 16.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in the last German Pro A league.

SOURCE: Facebook TBB Trier

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Toronto Raptors reach to an four-year, $20 million agreement with Linas Kleiza

Toronto Raptors have signed Linas Kleiza to a four-year, $20 million offer sheet, according to Yahoo! Sports. The 25-year-old Lithuanian forward will have to wait to join the Raptors to the Denver Nuggets, which extended him a qualyfing offer, if the franchise decides to match the offer from the Raptors. Kleiza, who averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the last Euroleague with Olympiakos, can opt out of the final year of his two-year contract with the Greek club.

SOURCE: Twitter Marc J. Spears

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Cajasol signs Txemi Urtasun

As expected, Txemi Urtasun is the new player of Cajasol. The Spanish team has signed the 26-year-old Spanish guard to a two-year contract. Urtasun played during the last two seasons for Meridiano Alicante, averaging 10.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in the last ACB league.

SOURCE: Baloncesto Sevilla

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Turk Telekom signs Berent Kavaklioglu

As expected, Berent Kavaklioglu will play for Turk Telekom. The 24-year-old back was signed to a two-year contract by the Turkish team. Kavaklioglu will be back to the TBL after averaging last season 12.8 points and 4.4 assists per game in the lower division for Hacettepe Universitesi.

SOURCE: Sporx

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Azovmash signs Dan McClintock, Charles Thomas and Maksym Pustozvonov

Azovmash Mariupol has announced three signings in a row. The Ukrainian team has landed, as expected, the 33-year-old American center Dan McClintock, who played last season for MBC Mylokaiv. The other two new players for Azovmash are the 24-year-old American forward Charles Thomas, last season in Ferro-ZNTU, and the 23-year-old Ukrainian forward Maksym Pustozvonov, recently in BC Kyiv.

SOURCE: BC Azovmash

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Spartak St. Petersburg signs Dijon Thompson

Spartak St. Petersburg has signed a new player for the next season. The Russian team has announced that Dijon Thompson will play for the Russian team after being signed to a one year contract. The 27-year-old forward arrives from Hapoel Jerusalem, averaging 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the last Israeli Super League.

SOURCE: BC Spartak

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Lagun Aro GBC signs Mohamed Kone

Lagun Aro GBC has announced officially the signing to a one-year contract of Mohamed Kone. The 29-year-old French-Ivorian center arrives to the Spanish team after one season in Erdemirspor, averaging 7.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the last TBL. Kone is a member of the Ivorian national team.

SOURCE: Gipuzkoa Basket

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Armani Jeans Milano, targeting Anthony Maestranzi

Armani Jeans Milano is reported to be interested in Anthony Maestranzi. The 26-year-old American-Italian guard played last season in Sutor Montegranaro, averaging 10.6 points and 1.7 assists per game in thet last Lega A. Maestranzi would be the back up for the starting guard Morris Finley.

SOURCE: La Prealpina

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Efes Pilsen, interested in Georgios Printezis

Efes Pilsen is tracking the market for alternatives in case Bostjan Nachbar decides to go back to the NBA. One of them is Georgios Printezis. The 25-year-old Greek forward averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the ACB league during his first season with Unicaja. Printezis is under contract with the Spanish team, though Unicaja could let him go due to his high salary.

SOURCE: Turkbasket

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Virtus Bologna signs Niccolò Martinoni

Niccolò Martinoni will play for Virtus Bologna. The Italian team has signed the 21-year-old Italian forward to a four-year contract, and will be announced next week. Martinoni lands in Bologna after playing during the last two seasons for Cimberio Varese, averaging 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the last Lega A.

SOURCE: Solobasket.it

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Efes Pilsen could be close to sign Marcus Haislip to a two-year contract

According to the Greek press, Marcus Haislip is in advanced talks to become again a player of Efes Pilsen next season. The 29-year-old American forward is without a team since being released by Panathinaikos last April, after averaging 2.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in the Greek A1 league. Haislip would be close to accept a two-year, €2.2 million offer from Efes Pilsen, where he already played during the 2006-07 season.

SOURCE: Superbasket

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Portland Trail Blazers sign Elliot Williams

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced the official signing of Elliot Williams. The 21-year-old guard arrives to the Blazers after being selected with the 22nd overall pick in the last NBA draft. Williams played last season as a sophomore in the University of Memphis, averaging 17.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Oregon Live

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Enel Brindisi, also interested in Chris Monroe

Enel Brindisi is looking to improve the roster for the next season in the Lega A. While forwards Luca Infante and Michele Cardinali, who played for the Italian team in the last LegaDue, could leave the team, two players with Lega A experience are on the radar. The 29-year-old American guard Chris Monroe, who has also attracted the interest of Sutor Montegranaro after finishing last season in Armani Jeans Milano, and Valerio Spinelli, from Carife Ferrara, are among the main targets.

SOURCE: Quotidiano di Puglia

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Jordi Trias could leave Regal Barcelona

With the arrival of Kosta Perovic, and the extension of Terence Morris' contract, one big man of Regal Barcelona should have to leave the team, and the main candidate is Jordi Trias. The 29-year-old forward, who is playing for Barcelona since 2004, averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in just 7.3 minutes per game in the last ACB league. Trias, though, has another year of contract, and he hasn't received any indication about a possible buy-out from the Spanish club. Another candidate to leave the team could be Boniface N'Dong.

SOURCES: El Punt, As

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BBC Bayreuth and Fabian Brütting part ways

BBC Bayreuth has announced that Fabian Brütting won't continue with the team next season. The 22-year-old guard has played for the German team during the last two years, and averaged 2.6 points and 0.8 assists in 6.2 minutes per game in the last German Pro A league.

SOURCE: Schoenen Dunk

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Sacramento Kings sign DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings have signed their top pick of the last NBA draft, DeMarcus Cousins. The 19-year-old center, who was drafted with the 5th overall pick, arrives to the Kings after averaging 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for the University of Kentucky in his freshman year.

SOURCE: Sacramento Bee

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Red Star signs Uros Nikolic and Nemanja Arnautovic

Despite the financial problems of Red Star, the Serbian team is making the first signings for the next season, and has landed Uros Nikolic and Nemanja Arnautovic. Nikolic is a 23-year-old Serbian center who arrives from Krka Novo Mesto, averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds last season for the Slovenian champion. On the other hand, Arnautovic us a 20-year-old Serbian who ended last season in Montenegro with Budocnost.

SOURCE: Zurnal

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Cajasol could be close to land Kaloyan Ivanov

Kaloyan Ivanov is the next target for Cajasol. The 24-year-old Bulgarian forward, who played last season for Assignia Manresa, would even be a new player of Cajasol this week. Ivanov, member of the Bulgarian national squad, averaged 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season. The arrival of the Bulgarian player could also mean the departure of Ivan Radenovic. The 26-year-old Serbian forward arrived from CSKA Moscow to Cajasol last December.

SOURCE: Diario de Sevilla

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Boston Celtics and Ray Allen reach to a two-year, $20 million agreement

Ray Allen won't leave Boston. The 35-year-old guard has reached to an agreement with the Boston Celtics to a two-year, $20 million contract, with a player option for the second year. Allen, who arrived to the Celtics in 2007 from the Seattle SuperSonics, averaged 16.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season.

SOURCE: Boston Globe

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